Dear Friends, When we were on a mission trip to Sao Paulo in 2005 we saw God touch and save 201 people in a week, and we were in awe of God and in awe of what He did. It was during that trip that God began to call us to join Him in what He is doing in Brazil. Before we arrived in Brazil God began to speak in our hearts that He was going to make that week in 2005 seem small compared to what He was going to do in the future. We are just now beginning to realize at the end of our 4th year in Brazil the magnitude of what God has planned to do here (3 years in Sao Paulo and 1 year in the Baixada Santista). In 4 years we have seen God touch and save over 50,000 people. Of these over 45,000 have been in the schools, including over 1,030 teachers, 7 principals or vice-principals, and 15 school coordinators. The remaining have been when we preached in or had special events in churches, or during visits to homes, hospitals, businesses,... We serve an amazing God, and He is doing great things here and in other parts of the world. For example, over 20,000 people per day receive Christ as their Lord & Savior in China and in Africa; churches and believers in Brazil and in other Latin American and Asian and African countries are awakening and giving their lives sacrificially to join God in His mission to reach a lost world; the underground church in China has a goal to train and send 100,000 missionaries to reach China and other countries for Jesus. Please continue to faithfully pray for us, and for the churches we are helping, and for those we are trying to reach for Jesus. These have been the 4 greatest years in our lives, and also some of the most difficult & challenging, and your prayers are very valuable and vital to us. May God bless you and may you have a blessed Christmas and a great New Year in 2011. - Kevin & Nancy
"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spiritís power, so that your faith might not rest on menís wisdom, but on Godís power." - I Corinthians 2:4
Recent Events & Results:
November 8-9: Speak at EE Lamia school in Guaruja
This week we spoke in the state school EE Lamia, which is located in a fairly poor area of Guaruja and is for students in the 1st to 4th grades. We worked with Pastor Sisteval and Igreja Batista Getsemani in the school, and the church participation was excellent. They had 5-6 people with us each day and they were a big help. The school is interested in receiving more help from the church for the students and their families, and they will be having a meeting to discuss how the church can help. There are also several teachers at the school that we met that are Christians and hopefully God will use them also to help & guide the new believers. God did a great work in preparing many hearts to hear the Gospel, and we praise God that 288 students and 6 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him.
Kevin & interpreter Laise sharing Jesus Nancy and interpreter Ariel talking to students A church member passing out a discipling tool
November 22-23: Speak at EMEF Waldery Almeida school in Santos
We worked with Pr. Anderson and Igreja Batista do Horto in this municipal school near the church. The school is for students from 1st grade through 5th grade, and is located in a fairly poor area of Santos. As is often the case when we are sharing Christ in the schools, we had several problems and complications during the event. One problem that arose was because the pastor started talking in one of the classes about his church, and this is not allowed here in public schools. There is a law that says you cannot speak about a specific religion, church, or denomination in a public school classroom. When the principal found out that he talked about his church in a class, she was pretty upset. Fortunately she let us continue, although she wasn't very nice about it. On the 2nd day one of our interpretors didn't show up, and when Nancy called her she said she thought it was another day. Fortunately she left work for awhile and came and helped us, because we would not have been able to finish without her. Even though these types of problems and complications happen alot to us, in the end God always seems to work everything out for His glory. The students and teachers and some of the other school leaders loved the project, and we think that is why the principal let us continue. We praise God that 349 students and 5 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him.
Nancy, Pr. Anderson, and interpreter Marcela Kevin and interpreter Regina in a class Us and the team from IB do Horto
November 24: Speak at "Mais Educacao" program at EM 1 de Maio school in Guaruja
We had the privilege of speaking in the "Mais Educacao" (it means More Education) program in the municipal school EM 1 de Maio. The school is located in a very poor area in the city of Guaruja. The program was implemented by the city education department to encourage more students to get a good education. Kevin spoke in the morning session and Nancy spoke in the afternoon session, and our friend Rebeca helped as our interpreter. We used our "Quality Of Life" speech that we use in schools, where we speak about how to have a good quality of life and a good future. We speak about how they need to take care of 3 parts of their lives - Body, Soul, and Spiritual Life. We are able to talk in the schools about God's love and His plan for their lives, and we also are able to share a clear and detailed presentation of the Gospel. We are very happy that 92 students, 5 teachers, and the school coordinator accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. After we spoke we encouraged the students to learn English if they can, because they will have more opportunities and a better chance to have a good future if they speak English. Many companies in Brazil need people who can speak English because business is much more of a global market these days. Another great thing that happened was that the teachers and the school coordinator liked our project so much that we have scheduled some dates in May 2011 to return to the school and speak in all of the classes (they have over 2000 students). This will be a great opportunity for us.
Kevin & interpreter Rebeca in the morning session Some of the students in the program Nancy & Rebeca speaking in the afternoon session
November 28: Preach at Primeira Igreja Batista Cubatao
We have recently started to work with Pastor Joel and Primeira Igreja Batista Cubat„o to help them to share the Good News of Jesus with people in their community. We will be having a People Sharing Jesus seminar on Sunday Dec. 5 & 12, to encourage and teach the church member how to effectively and powerfully share Jesus with others. We also have scheduled our Qualify Of Life project in a school near the church for March 2011, and we will be working with the church there as well as in other schools in the future. Kevin had the privilege of preaching in the church, and we used the opportunity to encourage and challenge all of the members to allow God to place His desire and passion to reach lost people and to help them to have a restore relationship with Him in their hearts. At the end we shared the Gospel and 3 people received Christ as their Lord and Savior and committed their lives to Him.
Pr. Joel, Kevin, and interpreter Amanda Some of the people in the worship service Kevin & Amanda speaking in the service
November 30: Speak at EM Armindo Ramos school in Sao Vicente
This was our last school for the year and it was a blessing. In October we learned that we did not get the approval from the city of Sao Vicente education department to speak in their municipal schools, so we and Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente have been praying that God will open some doors in the schools in Sao Vicente (this is the 1st city that has not given us the approval to speak in their municipal schools). The schools still have the final decision to allow or not allow any projects like ours. Within a week of when we started to pray, we met a woman named Patricia. She was helping a praise band from her church to lead the worship in PIB Sao Vicente. After the service we found out that she can speak English, and we talked to her about helping us as one of our interpreters. Then we found out that she is a teacher and a coordinator at a municipal school in Sao Vicente, and she was able to get us into her school to speak yesterday. The school is a small school for students in 5th through 8th grades, and is located in a poor area in Sao Vicente. Patricia helped Nancy as her interpreter, and our friend Rebeca was our other interpreter. God blessed our project and our visit to the school, and 233 students and 5 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. The principal and other school leaders were very happy that we came to help and to share our message, and Patricia has recommended us to 6 other municipal schools in Sao Vicente. We love how God works.
Nancy & Patricia sharing Jesus in a class Students in one of the classes Kevin & interpreter Rebeca leading prayer
Prayer Requests & Praises
* Please pray that God will bless and use the following events to encourage, challenge, and train church members & pastors to faithfully & powerfully share Christ with others: Dec. 5, 12: People Sharing Jesus seminar at Primeira Igreja Batista Cubatao ... Dec. 19 : People Sharing Jesus seminar at Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente.
* Please pray for Nancy, as she continues to have a problem with blurry vision in one of her eyes. She will be going to another doctor in January for a 2nd opinion.
* Please pray for our process of obtaining dual citizenship. We started the process of getting the many documents needed in July, and we have all but 1 done. We have been waiting for 3 months for an FBI report from the US, and it has finally been sent and is now at the Brazilian Consulate in Atlanta for finishing touches. Once we get this report all of the documents will be submitted to the Brazilian government, and then when they are checked and approved we will need to take a Portuguese test. It is a long and expensive process, but it will insure that we can continue to live & serve here.
Special thanks to Ariel, Laise, Marcela, Regina, Sabrina, Rebeca, Amanda, and Patricia for helping us as interpreters in recent events in November. You are very special to us, and w e appreciate your faithfulness and willingness to serve the Lord.
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